Powerful ending to this year's festspill with Beethoven's only oratorio

Powerful ending to this year's Glogerfestspill with Ludwig van Beethoven's only oratorio 'Christus am Ölberge'.

The piece is rarely performed in Norway, but is undoubtedly a highlight of the vocal instrumental church music. It takes place in the garden of Gethsemane just before Jesus is captured. He asks his Father for comfort while welcoming his own crucifixion as a "healing of humanity". The concert starts with Gustav Mahler's beautiful song 'Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekomen'.


Gustav Mahler / Clytus Gottwald: Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen
Ludvig Van Beethoven: Christus am Ölberge, op. 85


The Norwegian Soloists' Choir

The Norwegian Soloists' Choir is an innovative young ensemble, steeped in a rich history. As one of Europe's leading chamber choirs, they perform spectacular concerts in Norway and abroad, in concert halls and churches, in caravans and in abandoned factory venues. The Norwegian Soloists' Choir consists of 26 hand-picked, professional singers who have a tremendous ability to blend their voices, resulting in a highly distinctive choral expression. Along with its celebrated artistic leader Grete Pedersen, the choir achieves ambitious artistic goals through constant development.

The Norwegian Wind Ensemble

The Norwegian Wind Ensemble is one of the world´s oldest continuously running orchestras of any sort. It has been based in Halden, Norway, since 1733. Always a professional outfit. Today the orchestra employs more than 200 professional performers every year, and consists of a fulltime core of 33. It performs on average 80 concerts a year, and reaches on average 20.000 audience members.

Ensemble Allegria

Ensemble Allegria is considered among Norway´s leading music ensembles and are known for combining high artistic quality with spontaneity and flexibility. Ensemble Allegria is comprised of 23 musicians and since its beginning, the orchestra has been managed independently by its own members. Its permanent concertmaster and artistic director is Maria Angelika Carlsen.

Isa Katharina Gericke

Isa Katharina Gericke was born in Berlin and grew up in the middle part of Norway, and studied at the Norwegian Music Academy in Oslo and at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. Her debut was as Gretel in Humperdinck’s ”Hänsel and Gretel” at the Norwegian National Opera in 2003. She won the 1st Prize in the national part of the Queen Sonja International Music Competition 2001 in Oslo and has since then proven to be a versatile and colorful artist that is acclaimed for her programming-, interpretation- and communication skills

Håkon Kornstad

Conductor Peter Szilvay

Peter Szilvay is one of the most sought after Norwegian conductors and is often seen both on the operastage and in front of orchestras. His career developed quickly after his acclaimed final diploma exam with the Norwegian radio orchestra. Peter Szilvay has also composed several pieces and worked in the early years as a professional violaplayer. After his exam he worked as assistant conductor in the Stavanger Symphony orchestra and served Mariss Jansons as PA for three years. In 1999 he won the competition «Conductor of the year» in Oslo.

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